First look at ‘The Whale’: Brendan Fraser is unrecognizable
Fraser stars as a reclusive English teacher looking to reconnect with his daughter (Sadie Sink) in the Venice-bound feature.
Brendan Fraser has undergone a complete makeover for Darren Aronofsky’s latest drama.
The R-rated feature A24, directed by Aronofsky and based on the play written by Samuel D. Hunter, is set to premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Fraser plays a reclusive English teacher who suffers from severe obesity while trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter (Sadie Sink) for one last chance at redemption.
Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins and Samantha Morton also star.
“Adapting my play into a screenplay was a real labor of love for me,” screenwriter Hunter said in a statement to Deadline last year. “This story is deeply personal and I’m so grateful that it has the chance to reach a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Darren ever since I saw ‘Requiem for a Dream’ when I was a freshman. in college writing my first plays, and I’m so grateful to him for bringing his unique talent and vision to this film.
The 2012 production of “The Whale” won several accolades, including “The Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and a GLAAD Media Award, as well as Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for best play,” according to Deadline.
“The Whale” is director Aronofsky’s first film since “Mother!” in 2017, reuniting longtime cinematographer Matthew Libatique who also helmed Olivia Wilde’s Venice premiere of “Don’t Worry Darling.”
The first photo shows Fraser distraught and staring into the distance while wearing prosthetics.
“It will be like something you’ve never seen before,” the actor told Unilad in 2021. “That’s really all I can tell you. couture, bulky. It’s certainly a far cry from anything I’ve ever done, but not to be shy. I know it’s going to make a lasting impression.
Besides “The Whale,” Fraser is also set to star in Martin Scorsese’s Apple Original Western movie “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Fraser will also appear as Firefly in “Batgirl” on HBO Max.
A24 has a trio of films at the 79th Venice Film Festival, including Ti West’s “X” prequel, “Pearl,” and Joanna Hogg’s “The Eternal Daughter” starring Tilda Swinton.
Check out the first look at “The Whale” below.
“The Whale” does not yet have a release date.
Premiere at the 79th Venice Film Festival 🇮🇹
• THE WHALE by Darren Aronofsky with Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink
• THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER by Joanna Hogg with Tilda Swinton
• PEARL by Ti West with Mia Goth pic.twitter.com/AxlAbhWDRo
– A24 (@A24) July 26, 2022